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RATING 91
Mas Jaume 2011 Cuvée Candice Rhône-style Red Blend, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel abv:14%, Price Tier:$$
This wine is densely colored with a veil of black streaks and a brief peek of fuchsia that surfaces at the rim. The aromas are intense with notes of smoke, graphite, cassis, blueberry and fresh hard-stemmed herbs. A whiff of volatile acidity dances on the nose but is far from distracting. The alcohol is generous, but it is well balanced by acidic tension, firm tannins and the absence of gylcerol. Oaky notes appear only in the subtle, bitter dark-chocolate accents. This is a flavorful wine with guts and integrity that should drink well through 2016. Imported by Ingenium Wines; SRP: $20. —(3/14/2013)

2010 Xavier Cotes du Rhone

“The 2010 Cotes du Rhone includes slightly more Grenache in the blend. Abundant aromas of strawberry and black cherry fruit are intermixed with garrigue, licorice, olive and new saddle leather characteristics. This spicy, exuberantly fruit 2010 can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.” 90 Points Robert Parker – Issue 197

2011 Xavier Cotes du Rhone Villages

“The 2011 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Bio (it is biodynamically farmed) is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah. This outstanding offering comes from declassified vineyards in Rasteau as well as Plan de Dieu, which is the heart of the Cotes du Rhone region. It exhibits an excellent texture along with notions of white chocolate, kirsch, black currants, cedar and spice box, good acidity, a fleshy, fat, forward, fruity character and a spicy finish. It, too, should drink nicely for several years.” 90 Points Robert Parker – Issue 203

2010 Xavier Gigondas

“A sleeper of the vintage, the blockbuster 2010 Gigondas is a spectacular effort from this appellation. Fashioned from 100% Grenache (somewhat unusual), it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color in addition to copious amounts of concentrated red and black fruits intermixed with hints of wet rocks and spice. Consume it over the next decade.” 92-94+ Points Robert Parker – Issue 197

2010 Xavier Chateauneuf du Pape

“Richer, fuller and denser is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape, which is composed of 65% Grenache and the rest equal parts Mourvedre and Syrah. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant notes of black fruits, licorice, lavender, Provencal herbs as well as a meaty richness.” 91+ Points Robert Parker – Issue 203

“Exhibiting slightly more structure, focus and precision (because of higher acids), the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape possesses a deeper ruby/purple hue, sweet tannins and more blue and black fruits intertwined with pen ink, forest floor, underbrush and garrigue notes. This rich, impressive 2010 is primary, suggesting it will benefit from several years of cellaring. It should drink well for 15+ years.” 91-93 Points Robert Parker – Issue 197

2009 Xavier Chateuneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme

“There are approximately 10,000 bottles of the sensational 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme, which is fashioned from an unusual blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah and the remaining 25% Counoise, Vaccarese and other authorized varietals. Its opaque purple color is followed by a wine of extraordinary intensity. Copious notes of licorice, garrigue, underbrush, blackberries, black currants and graphite are present in this full-bodied, modern-styled, fragrant, distinctive Chateauneuf. This terrific, voluptuous 2009 should drink well young and last for 15-20 years. “ 96 Points Robert Parker – Issue 197

“The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme is composed of 25% ancient vine Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah and 25% Counoise, Vaccaresecarese and other authorized varietals. It is aged in small French oak barrels, 25% of which are new. Despite the oak aging, there is not a trace of wood to be found in this cuvee. The wine boasts a sensational plum/purple color along with a big, sweet nose of toast, black currants, black cherries, garrigue, licorice and underbrush. A quasi-modern style of Chateauneuf du Pape with excellent concentration, a voluptuous texture, a multidimensional mouthfeel and full body, it should drink well for nearly two decades.” 93-95 Robert Parker – Issue 19

2010 Xavier Vacqueyras

“The 2010 Vacqueyras was made from a somewhat unusual blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache, most of it from the Plateau de Garrigue, near Sarrians in Vacqueyras. This rich effort reveals lots of forest floor, roasted herb, blackberry and cassis notes as well as a hint of acacia flowers. Impeccably pure, rich and long, it should drink well for 6-8 years.” 91 Robert Parker- Issue 203

“The 2010 Vacqueyras may turn out to be even better. While it reveals more acidity and restraint, it also possesses a concentrated mouthfeel. It, too, should drink well for 10 years.” 90-93 Robert Parker – Issue 197

2011 Xavier Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

“The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc reveals even more floral notes as a result of the 40% Clairette included in the blend (the rest is 20% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and Picpoul, Bourboulenc and other white varietals). Somewhat Chablis-like, it offers up lots of crushed rock, floral, white citrus, spice and rose petal notes. Medium-bodied and refreshing, it should drink well for 2-3 years.” 90 Robert Parker – Issue 203

Xavier La Reserve

“A new non-vintage wine that’s made from a blend of the top barrels of the Cuvee Anonyme from 2007 (43%), 2009 (21%) and 2010 (36%), the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve VII IX X is an hedonistic and decadent release that dishes out massive amounts of black raspberry, raspberry, spice cake, licorice and crushed flower like nuances on the nose. Gorgeously full-bodied and textured on the palate, yet with remarkable freshness and purity, this layered, incredible wine should last for 15+ years. Drink now-2028. ” 96 Robert Parker – Issue 209

2012 LePrince Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes

“A custom blend by importer Bjoern Lanwer and a fleshy, ripe and beautifully pure barrel sample, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes (54% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre and the balance Cinsault, aged almost all in tank) offers up plenty of ripe plum, black raspberry, wild herbs and violets to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely fruited profile on the palate. Possessing solid purity, good overall freshness and a very drinkable feel, it should be consumed over the coming 4-5 years. Drink 2014-2019.”      89-91 Robert Parker – Issue 209

2013 Leap of Faith Cotes du Roussillon Villages

“A beautiful barrel sample that shows the quality of the vintage, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Leap of Faith is a custom blend by importer Bjoern Lanwer and is comprised of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah that had 20% of the blend aged in oak. Coming from clay and limestone soils, it possesses a semi-opaque purple color to go with vibrant aromas and flavors of black raspberry, mulberry, violets, toasted spice and dusty earth. Medium-bodied on the palate, with a seamless, elegant profile that gains richness and depth in the glass, this beauty has integrated acidity, fine tannin and a terrific finish. It should be approachable on release, yet evolve nicely for 5-6 years. It should end up being a superb value and well worth checking out.” 89-91 Robert Parker – Issue 212